First of all it's a conference contest matching the defending Sun Belt Co-Champion FIU against an up and coming Arkansas State Football team under the direction of first year Head Coach Hugh Freeze.
Freeze has instilled a confidence and swagger in this team of Red Wolves, guiding them to a 4-2 overall record and more importantly an undefeated record in conference play.
Arkansas State had to prove on back to back conference road trips that this team could win the tough close games on the road.
Mission accomplished so far.
The Red Wolves found a way to win against a good Western Kentucky when it seemed that the Hilltoppers had pulled off the upset and break a then 17 game losing streak in Bowling Green.
Some fans wondered why ASU had so much trouble with WKU, well now the Hilltoppers have won back to back road games against Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic and came very close to being 3-0 in conference play.
Freeze explained the importance of his team finding a way to win against Western Kentucky.
"This team isn't use to finding a way to win the close ones," Freeze said. "We turned a big corner and hopefully this will help us gain confidence in ourselves and our football team."
Some predicted that Arkansas State would lose to a Louisiana Monroe team. The Red Wolves found themselves on the road in another defensive struggle before a special teams play allowed ASU some breathing room in a another big win on the road.
Now Arkansas State has an opportunity to return home to Jonesboro for a nationally televised ballgame Tuesday night against a good, athletic FIU team.
"They are a very good football team," Freeze has said all week. "They have tremendous athletic ability."
What would a win mean to this Arkansas State Football Team?
It would move them one step closer to their ultimate goal of winning a Sun Belt Conference Championship.
It would keep this team undefeated in conference play and 5-2 overall and a step closer to being bowl eligible, another major goal for Freeze and his Pack of Red Wolves.
It would send a signal to AStateNation. That signal would be to put the past behind you, and only believe in each other and the future of this program under the direction of Freeze and his coaching staff.
This team believes in themselves, they have been taught to expect more of themselves and each other. Freeze has been working on this task from Day 1 after being named the head coach at ASU.
With the Red Wolves having four of their next six ball games in the friendly confines of Arkansas State Stadium, this team is most definitely a very improved ball club.
"We control our own destiny," Freeze said. "We go into every game expecting to win the game, we demand it from ourselves and we demand it from each other."
Apparently what Freeze is doing is working.
This team now has an air of confidence about them, you could even say a little swagger.
When is the last time this Arkansas State Football team had reasons to have a little swagger.
Remember don't dwell on the past but live in the future.
The future begins at 7 p.m. in Jonesboro, in front of a nationally televised audience. It's time to take another step closer to their goals. It's time for this team to put themselves in the limelight, it's time to win a game against a very good FIU team.
It's time for all Arkansas State Fans to start believing in this Red Wolf Football team. Win or lose tonight against FIU, there is no doubt this is a better football team and deserves everyone believing in them, like they are believing in themselves.